Welcome from the Program Coordinator

Important Information for Pre-Nursing Students


Changes in the Accelerated 2nd Degree Program

What are the changes?

Effective as of the 2016 admission cycle the accelerated nursing program will be suspended.  The School of Nursing will be working on curriculum changes to all BSN programs. No definite timeline has been set for re-opening this program.

  1. Any student with another baccalaureate degree who qualifies for the nursing program is eligible for the traditional BSN program. The professional sequence of classes for the traditional BSN program is six consecutive semesters, and students can complete in two years.
  2. We will admit a traditional track of students summer of 2016 with the intention of reducing the wait for admission. Further, in the 2016 admission cycle we will offer 25% of our seats as competitive admission. Details on the competitive admission will be on our website soon.

Who is affected by these changes?   

  1. All students who are admitted as pre-nursing students and expect to apply for the accelerated 2nd degree nursing program after the 2015 application cycle.

If you have questions about this change, please email: or call 231-591-2270


Greetings to prospective nursing students:

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in Ferris’s Bachelor of Science nursing program. There continues to be a tremendous need for registered nurses who are prepared at the baccalaureate level in Michigan and across the country, and this need is projected to grow over the next decade. Ferris State University is addressing this need by offering a traditional BSN program. I am proud to tell you that the nursing faculty have designed an innovative pre-licensure program that has a very strong clinical focus that we feel will provide our students with an excellent base to begin their nursing practice. The BSN program at Ferris will prepare our graduates to provide nursing care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of acute care and community settings. The program is designed to prepare the nursing leaders of tomorrow. I hope that you will give the Ferris BSN program serious consideration as you explore program options.

We admit 32 students to the program every fall and spring semester.      The sequence of courses is scheduled year around (including summers) to allow students to complete the program in two calendar years, which is a savings of a full year for program completion.

If you would like additional information about our BSN program, you can go to any of the links provided on the School of Nursing webpage that you have already accessed. Please visit this site often for program updates and announcements. If you would like to speak to an academic advisor, call 231-591-2270 or email

Once again, I thank you for your interest and encourage you to consider Ferris State University’s registered nursing program.

Rhonda L. Bishop, MSN, BSN, RN

Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Coordinator